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Elizabeth Downe Norris, American Archivist ( hum: library)archivist. Recipient Henry Foote Lewis prize in religion, 1934. Member Special Libraries Association, Society American Archivists.; Member United Church Christ.


Norris, Elizabeth Downe was born on April 25, 1914 in White Plains, New York, United States. Daughter of Albro Farwell and Alice Elizabeth (Morse) Downe.


Bachelor of Arts, Smith College, 1936. Master of Divinity, YaleU., 1939. Master of Library Science, Columbia University, 1955.

1 son, Donald E. Norris.


Assistant residence director New Haven Young Women’s Christian Association, 1940-1942. Religious education librarian Union Theological Seminary, New York City, 1953-1957. Librarian National Conference of Christians and Jews, New York City, 1957-1963.

Headlibrarian National Board Young Women’s Christian Association of the United States of America, New York City, 1963^, director National Board Archives Project, 1976^, Young Women’s Christian Association historian, 1980^, project director traveling exhibition Women First for 135 Years, 1993^.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Feminine Figures: Selected Facts about American Women and Girls, 1968-1972, Subject Headings on Women, 1973, Recent Trends in Professionalissm, 1973, The Young Women’s Christian Association Advances Women's Rights, 1855-1989, 1989, Diary of a Volunteer, 1983, Women and Children First: A Century of Young Women’s Christian Association Services to Children, 1984, The Young Women’s Christian Association Secretary Searches for Professionalism 1889-1955, 1989. Contributing library Mental Health Book Review Inedex, 1961-1972. Editor, member advisory committee Books for Brotherhood, annual 1957-1976.

      Co-editor Reunion: Newsletter for Retired Staff, since 1994. Author (series) Unscholarly Sketches, 1998. Contributor chapter to book and articles to journals.


Member Special Libraries Association, Society American Archivists. Member United Church Christ.


1 son, Donald E.

Albro Farwell Downe

Alice Elizabeth (Morse) Downe